My name is Brie and I’m a chai-a-holic.
I didn’t go searching for this chai…I just kind of stumbled upon it…and for that, I am grateful.
It started innocently enough with a trip to Trader Joe’s. I was checking out the various nut butters when my boyfriend (probably impatient with my nut butter indecisiveness) made a beeline for the free samples in the back of the store. He came back with the tiniest cup I had ever seen and told me to try a sip. Two seconds later, I was on my way to claim a sample for myself.
Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Chai Tea Latte Mix is a mouthful…a mouthful of deliciousness, my friends.
I promise you that this drink doesn’t taste salty - so please don’t let the “salted” part scare you off. There’s simply a hint of - something - and it serves to highlight the sweeter side of this drink. The caramel flavor really comes through first, followed by more traditional and complex chai flavors, like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Honestly though, what had me smitten at first sip was how ridiculously rich and creamy it is. I immediately assumed there had to be some kind of catch. How could something from a canister taste so good? I had to find out.
So, I approached the gentleman working the chai station and asked what kind of milk he was mixing with this stuff. Maybe it was almond milk? Could it be coconut? No…it had to be some kind of exotic milk I had never heard of before.
“I just added hot water,” the Trader Joe’s employee said with a smile, instantly making my day. Not to be outdone, my boyfriend snatched up a can when I wasn’t looking. Consider yourself officially one-upped, Trader Joe’s chai guy.
I’m usually a glass half full kind of gal, but when it comes to this chai, my mug empties out pretty quick.
The friendly cashier who rang us up said that the second ingredient in this chai is crack. Clearly, he was kidding – but all joking aside - the man has a point. The addictive quality of Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Chai cannot be denied…so I have no choice but to accept my obsession.
Fill up my mug and call me a crackhead!